Style it Saturday, October 16, 2021

Welcome back to another edition of Style it Saturday, where I share a round-up of outfits from the week before. Today I am changing things up a little bit and sharing pictures of me wearing the outfits, so that you can see what they look like on. Let me know in the comments which way you prefer to see my outfits. As always, you can click any photo to be taken to the commissionable links to find those exact pieces.

You may recognize this shirt and bag from a previous Style it Saturday post! Here I am wearing it with some cute boots and pumpkin colored pants. The shirt is made by Ralph Lauren, and costs a little bit more than other denim shirts. But it’s very well made, and the attention to detail makes it worth the price. The sleeves are very feminine, and the mother-of-pearl snaps have a faint RL logo. This is not your run of the mill boxy shirt. *I recommend going up one size in the shirt.* My bag is made of woven wool, and comes in multiple colors and patterns. The top of the bag zips closed, and it is perfect for carrying everything you need.

Here’s another outfit you may recognize from last week’s SIS post. I wanted to show you some different ways that you could style this dress. Either black or brown shoes look great with it, and sneakers would look great, too! On the right I added a leather belt that I thrifted. On the left I just added a basic jean jacket. This dress has pockets, and the bottom is lined. It’s under $50, and it’s super cute on!

Remember this outfit? The whole outfit is super affordable, and I love it! It’s a little hard to tell from the picture, but there is smocking and peplum waist on this shirt. Combined with the V-neck, it’s a very flattering and feminine look.

Yep, you’ll recognize this outfit from last week, too. Here’s what it looks like on! This vintage fit sweatshirt has slits – so cozy. I wear it with leggings, jeans, and even to sleep! I love it so much that I bought it in several colors.

Lastly for this week, here’s Sam wearing a cute outfit! It would also look cute with some suede knee boots and a jean jacket.

That’s all for this week! See you next time.

Abby

A Day of Rest: Part Four, Food Prep

Welcome back to the fourth and final installment of my series, “A Day of Rest.” In Part One we talked about why your family may want to consider a day of rest, once a week, every week. (You can can catch up on part one HERE.) In Part Two we talked about preparing ahead of time for a day of rest, so that it actually happens. (You can read that post HERE.) In Part Three we talked about ways you could spend your day of rest. (You can read that post HERE.)

Today we are going a little further in depth on preparation for your day of rest, which we talked about in Part Two. Specifically, we are going to talk about meals, food, and preparing ahead of time for them. There’s something special that happens when we wake up on our day of rest and everything down to the very meals has already been taken care of. I feel like it makes it exciting and holy to know that when you wake up, no work needs to be done. Kids may get excited to wake up on Christmas Day, but I get excited to wake up on Sabbath. (By the way, you can prepare your Christmas meals with a Sabbath/Day of Rest frame of mind as well.) Read more: Exodus 16:23-24

Day of Rest meals must be planned out ahead of time in order to be successful. We don’t want to be filled with frustration or anger on the day we are supposed to be resting. Remember, you are not simply creating a day of rest for the people around you or in your household, it is also FOR YOU. Planning our meals and prepping for them can be done the day before. As I mentioned in my previous post, I do my cleaning on Thursdays, grocery shopping and errands on Fridays, and meal prep on Saturdays. If your Sabbath is Saturday, just back that schedule up one day to put you on track to be prepared.

What does it mean to have my meals prepped for our day of rest? It means that I have already done the shopping. I already know what we’re going to eat. And I have done everything ahead of time to prepare the meals, except for maybe putting them into the oven or getting the food out of the refrigerator.

Here are some ways that you can prepare your day of rest meals:

  • Select what your family will eat ahead of time.
  • Shop for all of the ingredients you’ll need.
  • Consider freezer meals, the crockpot, or make ahead meals like casseroles.
  • If you’re eating something cold, like sandwiches or salads, cut and slice all of your ingredients ahead of time.
  • Consider a “potluck” meal with other families, where each family contributes a few things (made ahead of time.)
  • Consider using paper plates to serve meals to avoid clean-up. Some people even like to use disposable aluminum bake ware.

Even if your family plans to do something like grill out, it is really easy to prep everything the day before.

Be sure to follow my Pinterest board where I pin make ahead meals and ideas.(Below) If you’d like to share a recipe that makes a great make ahead meal, please leave a comment below.

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Style it Saturday – October 9, 2021

Welcome back to another edition of Style it Saturday, where I share a round up of outfits from the week before. This week I am sharing a mix of outfits for cooler fall temps, as well as some transitional outfits for areas still experiencing warmer temps…like mine! As always, you can click any of the photos featured to be taken directly to the commissionable links to find the exact pieces.

First up is an outfit that I think would be PERFECT for fall family pictures, Thanksgiving dinner, or any other fall event that calls for a gorgeous, timeless dress! I’m showing how simply changing the jacket choice will make this either casual or formal.

Just like the dress above, here I am wearing a shirt that shows how good brown and black can be together! This shirt is very affordable, and I found the tailoring of it to be very thoughtful and flattering. (Sometimes more affordable button up shirts can be “boxy” and unflattering, but not this one!) I am wearing the small. If you’re in between sizes, size down.

Okay, I just got these pieces in the mail yesterday, and I *love* this shirt! I can’t wait to share with you a picture of it on. It’s hard to tell here, but the neckline is v-neck, there is smocking under the bust line, and transitions to a peplum hem. Ladies, this creates a flattering waistline. No waist = not flattering. Even if you aren’t happy with what your waistline looks line, it is essential to create the illusion of one!

Below I wanted to show you how this olive green sweater can be an amazing neutral pieces in your fall wardrobe. Here are five different ways to style it! Dress it up, or dress it down, it’s a great pieces to layer with this fall.

I wanted to share this little black flutter dress with you! This is a 3 season piece – just add a jean jacket, sweater, or blazer to get the most wear out of it. I am wearing a size small, and could easily have gone up to a medium.

Okay, okay…so can you tell I’m a little obsessed with the brown/black combo this season? I am *in love* with this dress. It’s sophisticated, classy, and yet a little flirty if you ask me! As usual, I LOVE the attention to the seaming and tailoring. It makes all the difference in quality, well made pieces. (Notice around the shoulder and cuffs – to die for.)

Am I the only one completely over jeans with stretch?? Over.It. So I am on the quest for 100% cotton jeans to replace all my loosey-goosey ones with. Here’s what I’ve learned: when you purchase your normal size, you’re going to feel like they’re too small. But 100% cotton jeans mold to YOUR BODY. After wearing them in, your 100% cotton jeans will fit your body perfectly, even after washing. Here are some affordable pieces I found on Amazon. A couple of these are name brands, which you’ll find much more expensive elsewhere.

I admit it, I should’ve just titled this post “Brown and Black.” And ten years from now you’ll find me wearing the exact same pieces. Why? Because #1 They’re classic pieces that never go out of style. #2 They’re quality materials that don’t wear out.

That’s all for this week! See you next time!

Abby

A Day of Rest: Part Three, The Day

Welcome back to the third installment of my series, “A Day of Rest.” In Part One we talked about why your family may want to consider a day of rest, once a week, every week. (You can can catch up on part one HERE.) In Part Two we talked about preparing ahead of time for a day of rest, so that it actually happens. (You can read that post HERE.)

Today we are going to talk about what a day of rest would look like. We want a day of rest to actually be restful, beneficial, and something joyful that you have to look forward to, not dread, each week. In today’s world we have an addiction to “busyness.” Busyness does not define a successful day, especially one when the goal is rest, so we are going to avoid busyness. Our Rest Day goal is to avoid the association of accomplishment with a completed to-do list. Instead, we’re going to focus on our Day of Rest as though it was a gift, which it is. (Read: Matthew 11:28-30 and Mark 2:27-28.)

When you first start observing a day of rest, one day a week, every week, it’s going to feel like the world is working against you. It is. Be strong, be patient, be persistent. It’s going to be worth it. If your friends and family don’t understand, perhaps even mock your day of rest, be protective of it. You don’t need the approval or acceptance of others to do what is best for you and your family. Your goal for the day is rest, so if including others in your plans is counterproductive to that, don’t include them or let them know.

Today I am going to share a few ideas of how to spend your day of rest. Remember, we are going to avoid work. So if you see something on this list would leave you feeling exhausted, frustrated, or defeated, then that’s not going to be the activity for you. Or maybe, in order to do it, you really need to do some planning and preparation ahead of time. For example: a picnic. A picnic!! Sounds like a fun, relaxing activity, right? Tell that to every mom that’s been responsible for getting their young kids to the beach and making sure they had a blast/got fed/made memories while they were there. That’s not a vacation for most moms; that’s a trip. So what if you are packing a picnic, bringing the Frisbees, hiking 10 miles in, and rounding up the cranky kids to get back home? Alter your plans by packing the picnic the day before, keeping the hike to a minimum, and keeping your expectations lower. If that still doesn’t work, then that is not something you want to add to your Rest Day activities.

Rest Day Activity Ideas

  • Worship with Others
  • Visit a Museum
  • Walk Outside
  • Use a camera to take photos
  • Go on a hike
  • Read a book
  • Play an instrument
  • Do a puzzle
  • Needlepoint
  • Play with a pet
  • Journal your gratitude
  • Color in a coloring book
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Take a relaxing bath
  • Diffuse oils
  • Write a thank you note
  • Facetime with long-distance family or friends
  • Deliver Baked Goods
  • Take a nap
  • Brew a special tea or coffee
  • Learn a new board game
  • Look at photo albums or books
  • Spend time with an elderly family member
  • Visit a nursing home
  • Watch a nature documentary
  • Go on a picnic
  • Eat by candlelight
  • Sit by a cozy fire
  • Play a card game
  • Watch the sunset
  • Go to the library
  • Visit a loved ones grave
  • Arrange flowers
  • Enjoy a hobby
  • Go for a train ride
  • Do a crossword puzzle
  • Listen to records
  • Stargaze laying on blankets
  • Visit a local waterfall
  • Plan random acts of kindness
  • Memorize comforting scriptures
  • Try a new restaurant
  • Deliver a meal
  • Tell your kids about when you were young.
  • Ask your parents about their childhood
  • Play charades
  • Research your ancestry
  • Watch family home movies
  • Meet with a small group Bible study
  • Look through an old hymnal

You can download a printable version of Day of Rest Activity Ideas HERE. A pdf file will open in a new tab. You can either print it or save it to your computer.

If you’re looking for more ideas, I have saved a board on Pinterest with even more ideas for how to spend your day of rest. You can follow that board HERE. Side note: many different types of faiths (religions) observe a day or rest, or Sabbath. Jewish, Mormon, and Seventh-Day Adventists are just to name a few. My family does not personally identify with any of those faiths, and observing a day of rest does not mean that you do or do not either. I encourage you to spend some time reflecting on how a day of rest would benefit your family’s mental and physical health, reading scripture that supports a day of rest, and spending time in prayer to see what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. You might see Pins on my Pinterest board that mention some of those religious faiths. Don’t let that be a distraction from getting ideas on how to spend a wonderful, relaxing day with your family.

Next week I will be sharing Part Four, Food Prep and Recipes. I feel like that this topic that falls under Preparation (part two in this series) needs more detail, because it ends up taking up a big portion of our day. When one person, or multiple people, in the family spend a large part of their rest day cooking and cleaning up from meals, then they are not able to fully enjoy the rest aspect of the day. See you next time! In the meantime, if you need to catch up or want to re-read the other installments, you can find the links below:

Style it Saturday: September 25, 2021

Welcome back to Style it Saturday, where I share a recap of outfits from the week before. Fall officially began this past week, so today I have a few more fall inspired outfits to share with you. As always, to find these exact pieces you can click on any photo to be taken to the commissionable links on my LTK.

First up is this sharp look for work. By now you know that I love classic pieces that you can add to your wardrobe and will last for years. Everything pictured here falls into that category! This is a look that keeps up that polished, sophisticated style for the office.

Another look for this office! You may recognize both this skirt and the denim shirt, since I have shared each of them before separately. I wanted to show you how amazing they look TOGETHER! Ralph Lauren tops tend to run small, so I recommend that you order up one size. (I just exchanged my small for a medium, which I hope to show you soon!) Be sure to follow the link to this outfit, because I have also added some shoes and accessories that would go perfectly with it.

Here is a look that is definitely more casual than the two above. This vintage fit sweatshirt is SO GOOD that I ordered myself a second one. Layer a denim shirt underneath, add some distressed black denim, a cute hat, and comfy shoes…you’re ready to take on lunch, errands, or ball games. This sweatshirt comes in multiple colors, and I’ve also linked several hat options.

This week I am only sharing four outfits, so below is the last one. This one comes with a style tip! If you find a dress that is “mini” and you’re not comfortable with the length…see if you can order it in a “tall” version! That may solve the length problem for you!

If you want to save any of these looks or keep current with the new ones I post, be sure to follow my blog or find my Style it Saturdays board on Pinterest. (see below)

A Day of Rest: Part Two, Preparation

Last week I shared my thoughts on a couple of reasons why it is so important to take a day of rest. One day a week, every week. If you missed that post, you can click HERE, to go back and read it.

So have you decided that A Day of Rest is something that you want to try? Let me begin by confessing something: sometimes (okay more than sometimes) our day of rest fails. As I mentioned in the last post, I am not sharing about a day of rest to give you “rules” or to be legalistic about what can and can’t happen on your day of rest. We do our best to prepare for a day of rest, but if something happens or comes up to derail it, it doesn’t ruin everything. (Read: Mark 2:23-28)

Okay, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get started!

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.

Confucius

In order for you to be successful with a day of rest, one day a week, every week – you’ll need to prepare ahead of time. What happens when we find ourselves with time on our hands (restful, leisure time), and we are not accustomed to it? We start thinking of all of the things we need to get done: the towels we left in the washer, the yard that the HOA is going to send us a letter to cut, the groceries that need to be purchased. Often we use our day of rest as the day to prepare for the week we have ahead, instead of actually resting. That’s backwards. Think of how much better you will be the rest of the week if only you can spend an entire day of rest.

What does it look like to prepare ahead of time for a day of rest? There are a few things that will be common to all of us, but there are some things that will be unique to you and your family. What are you normally doing that day? What would you be tempted to do that day instead of resting? The areas a lot of people focus on when preparing for a day of rest are: cleaning, shopping, and cooking.

If you are working full time, or you have your hands full with kids, you may need to jot down things you normally do on the weekends, and do them throughout the week. If you find yourselves making a list that you cannot possibly get done, and also take a day of rest each week, then you might want to consider that you may be overscheduling things. Maybe you have too much on your plate and you haven’t asked for help. Maybe you need to hire a few things out, or trade some time with a friend so that you can get things done.

In order to prepare my house for a day of rest, I begin preparing on Thursdays. I clean the house (bathrooms, floors, etc). I do all of the laundry that is currently dirty. (There will be more later in the week, and I will do it then.) On Thursdays I also plan out my meals for the week, and on Fridays I do the grocery shopping. I start thinking about our plans for the weekend, and see if there is something special that our family wants to do together on our day of rest. I am also trying to anticipate what work my husband and kids might be dealing with that would interfere with their day of rest. For example, if I don’t think my husband will have time to cut the grass, I’ll take care of it for him. In addition, on Fridays and Saturdays I will start to prepare our meals as much as possible ahead of time, so that all I have to do is put something into the oven to finish it, etc.

Preparing for a day of rest doesn’t need to fall on one person. Different members of the family can help with different things. Maybe your teen wants to plan the meals and create a grocery pick up order. Maybe your elementary kids can fold towels. It’s a group effort, and you’ll all benefit from the day.

If you’ve never observed a true day of rest before, it can take a while to get used to. It can also take time for your family to get on board with you. Don’t give up! Give yourself some grace, and keep tweaking things until they work for you. Once you get into the swing of things, you may want to take steps to make your day of rest more special, or sacred. In that case, you’ll want to set aside time during the week for those extra steps, too.

“Be brave enough to be bad at something new.”

What’s next? You’ve prepared for your day of rest, now what? Come back next week, and I’ll share some ways to spend your day of rest, without crossing over into the work zone again. (Further reading: Matthew 11:28-30)

Style it Saturday – September 18, 2021

Welcome Back to Style it Saturday, where I share a round up of outfits from the week before. With the first official day of fall quickly approaching, I am sharing more outfits for cooler weather. As always, you can click any photo or highlighted caption to find my commissionable links for these exact pieces. Never miss an outfit by following me on LiketoKnow.it.

The first outfit I want to share with you is this cute dress. The tailored seaming on the top, along with the flouncy skirt on the bottom makes this flattering for women of all shapes. I’m layering it with a jean jacket and finishing it off with these fun boots and a hat.

You can find my commissionable links for these exact pieces by either clicking the photo above or HERE.

This next outfit can take you from the office and then out to dinner. Although it’s hard to see in this picture, there is a vertical seam on the front of the jean, which elongates the legs. The sheer sleeves with the ruffle are a detail that you won’t want to miss. And don’t miss the intertwined snake on the purse.

You can find my commissionable links for these exact pieces by either clicking the photo above or HERE.

This next look is pretty much my fall go-to look. Jeans + button up + crewneck sweater. Add in a classic loafer and you’ve got an outfit that truly never goes out of style.

You can find my commissionable links for these exact pieces by either clicking the photo above or HERE.

Here’s an outfit perfect for the pumpkin patch or apple picking! Shackets (shirt + jacket) are very on trend this year, and this one is more my style than others that I’ve seen. Since it is a solid denim material, you can wear it with more outfit combinations than a plaid one. (Which would also be cute, btw.) This fanny pack holds your phone, keys, and wallet – which frees up your hands to hold all of the pumpkins, apples, and PSLs.

You can find my commissionable links for these exact pieces by either clicking the photo above or HERE.

Have an office holiday party or wedding coming up? This outfit is the one! This jewel-toned dress is flattering on all skin tones!

You can find my commissionable links for these exact pieces by either clicking the photo above or HERE.

Here are the fall accessories I’m using! Sometimes all a basic outfit needs in order to be elevated is the perfect accessory.

You can find my commissionable links for these exact pieces by either clicking the photo above or HERE.

Who knew that Amazon had high quality purses at amazing prices?! Am I the last person to get this secret memo? Some of these are hand-made and leather…what???

You can find my commissionable links for these exact pieces by either clicking the photo above or HERE.

Finally, is anyone else LOVING the Yellowstone TV series? Ken and I love watching it together. Here are a few pieces inspired by the show!

You can find my commissionable links for these exact pieces by either clicking the photo above or HERE.

Have a great week! See you next time for another installment of Style it Saturday!

Abby

A Day of Rest: Part One

Somehow we’ve gotten to a point where resting and recharging is looked down upon, as though it is a sign of weakness. We’ve given people (family, friends, clients) 24 hour access to our lives through social media notifications, texting, and email. Who are we kidding…we got the email because we don’t set our phones down for 2 minutes. Right?

Or what about “the hustle”? Now a 40 hour work week is somehow less than “full time.” It’s not enough to have one job, you’ve got to have a side hustle, too. Between work, constantly checking our phones, and the bombardment of “news” media, our brains and life in general never stop spinning.

We weren’t meant to live like this. It’s no wonder that more and more people are suffering from mental health issues. And our immune systems become weaker when we don’t take time to care for ourselves. Worked to the bone? Yikes, not good.

“If you’re tired, learn to rest, not quit.”

So what’s the answer? How do we fix this? A day of rest. Simple as that, a day of rest. One day a week, every week, where you unplug from distractions. One day a week of no working on emails or working around the house doing laundry or yard work. A day to do nothing but rest!

Many people do this because their faith calls them to do it. A Sabbath day is one to worship and to abstain from work. Some people get half-way there by going to church to worship, but then they fall short of the rest portion. The best part! (Read: Deuteronomy 5:12-14)

Even if your faith doesn’t call you to take a day of rest, there’s no denying that it’s a good choice for your mental and physical well-being. But, it’s easier said than done, right? I mean, something always comes up. It’s true, and I am not sharing to be legalistic in any way. In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing blog posts on taking a day of rest. I won’t be sharing “rules” for observing a day of rest, or Sabbath. I’ll be sharing a starting point: How to prepare so that you can truly rest, Suggestions for how to spend your day, Recipes I like to use, and so forth.

If you weren’t raised observing a day of rest, this might be completely new for you. I hope that you’ll come back for the rest of the series. In the meantime, spend some time thinking (praying) about all of the benefits a day of rest would mean for you and your family.

Further reading: Isaiah 58:13-14, Exodus 20:8-11

Style it Saturday – September 11, 2021

Welcome back to Style it Saturdays, where I share some outfits from the week before! This week I am sharing some fun fall favorites!

If you’ve been following along, then you know that I love to add classic basics that are easily used in multiple looks. Choosing classic pieces made with quality materials means they can be worn for years to come. Sometimes this means investing a little bit more, but over time you’ll end up saving money instead of replacing lower quality clothing. Check out these looks below! (As always, you can find these exact pieces by clicking the photos with my commissionable links.)

This tan blazer, denim shirt, and black pants are pieces that will never go out of style. What I love about this denim shirt is that it has been tailored to be flattering – not a boxy, square shirt that doesn’t look feminine!

You can find these exact pieces by clicking the photo or HERE.

The boots below have amazing reviews! They are called a “combat boot”, but the chestnut leather color definitely takes them up a notch. They will look amazing with both dresses and jeans alike!

You can find these exact pieces by clicking the photo above or HERE.

Fall is the perfect time to introduce some richer jewel tones to your wardrobe. The reason I love the pieces below is that they can transition you from summer to fall. They each also work well with layering for those days that start and end chilly, but leave you warm in the middle.

You can find these exact pieces by clicking the photo above or HERE.

Are you guys loving the Yellowstone TV series as much as we are?! This outfit I put together below was inspired by the show. Jean dresses are HUGE this season, and I absolutely love this Wrangler one. It is the same quality jean material as ones that are twice the price, and it is tailored in a much more flattering shape than the spendier ones.

You can find these exact pieces by clicking the photo above or HERE.

If you are looking some affordable pieces to pick up this fall, this outfit below is for you. I love the unique hemline of the skirt! And the blazer + shirt are perfect colors for fall.

You can find these exact pieces by clicking the photo above or HERE.

These basics below are perfect examples of pieces you can add to your wardrobe this fall, and then mix and match them for dozens of outfits!

Click the photo above or HERE to find these exact pieces.

That’s all for this week! I hope your fall gets off to a great start.

Abby

College Care Packages

By now, most of the college freshmen have been moved into their dorms. Moms and Dads are at home adjusting to the absence of their offspring, and students are settling into life with their new roommates. It’s the perfect time to send a little care package to let them know they’re missed and loved.

I have a little “formula” I like to use any time I would send our son a care package from home. Below is the formula I like to use. Feel free to click on any of the pictures or highlighted words to find these exact things on Amazon! (See more info below about shipping!)

I like to put one thing from each of the following categories every time I send a box (or have it shipped directly) to our college student.

  • Something to have fun with!
  • Something to eat!
  • Something they might need to use!

Something to have fun with!

This category doesn’t have to be complicated. I like to send card games like Uno, Cards Against Humanity, or Exploding Kittens. A very popular game with college students is Catan. Other fun things that are a big hit are a simple Frisbee or something like Spike Ball. These fun things will also pull double duty when college students are trying to meet new people in their dorms or common areas. Game nights are also friendly on a college student’s budget.

Click the photo above to find links for these exact items.

If games aren’t your college student’s thing, try sending something fun for their room like a little succulent plant, fun lights, or a new journal.

Click the photo above to find links for these exact products.

Tip: Just remember, whatever you send from this category will have to be moved out at the end of the year. Don’t go overboard with big items!

Something to eat!

Even with the best meal plan or campus cafeteria, college students are going to want something to munch on in their dorm rooms. Our son’s favorite snacks to receive were these chips and dip kits, popcorners chips, nuts, small packs of candy, Pringles, and gum.

Other ideas for this category could be tea bags, hot chocolate, microwave popcorn, fruit snacks, oatmeal cups, etc.

Click the photo above to find links for these exact items.

Something they might need to use!

It may feel like you just dropped them off at college with everything but the kitchen sink, but over the next few months they’ll start to need a few things. Some things we ended up sending were: Febreze plug ins (those rooms start to stink), Downy wrinkle releaser (the small bottles are easier to send), room spray, Tide laundry pods, new toothbrushes, deodorant, toiletries, and essential oils to diffuse. We also ended up sending a small hand held vacuum that they could use for their car or room.

Find these things linked HERE.

Shipping your care packages:

Shipping care packages can get really expensive. I recommend doing one of two things: either ship directly from Amazon and don’t pay any shipping at all, or use the flat-rate boxes from the post office.

Most colleges offer free mailboxes to students that live on campus. However, I have found that most colleges will also require that students come in person to set up their box and receive a key. I have also known other colleges that receive packages in their mail center and email students when they have something to pick up. (If your student lives off-campus, just use their regular mailing address.)

The cheapest and easiest thing to do is to ship directly from Amazon. This might mean that your purchases don’t all arrive in the same box or on the same day. Just give your student a heads up that you sent a care package and XX number of packages are coming.

Package themes

If you are trying to come up with more ideas than the ones above, try picking a care package theme. Holidays (Halloween, Valentines) are easy to find things for. If you want to give them a “game night” send a text that you’re sending everything they need to have a game night with friends, and then send a few card games, chips and popcorn, candy, and soda.

This can be a hard time for students and parents. Sending a care package is a great way to reach out to them when you may be feeling disconnected. I hope these ideas help you! Let me know in the comments if you have more ideas to share with everyone.

Click the photo above for links.