Monday, January 18, 2016

St. Patrick's Day 'So Lucky' Box

Sending Some Luck O' The Irish to our Lads & Lasses  seemed like a wonderful way to spread some Golden Leprechaun Cheer to our Missionaries this year!!!  This box was meant to lift their spirits with a Wee Bit O' Spiritual all thrown in together to make our fabulous Pot O' Gold!

We Love Missionaries and We Love Lucky Care Packages!!! 

It is always fun to send our Kiddos a Care Package - but it is Super Fun to send a Box Full of LUCK and LOVE! Our theme for this box was 'So Lucky!' 

★ If you would like to send your own Valentine's Care Package to your Missionary - check out this kit we put together to help you do just that!

This 'St. Patrick's Day' kit is designed to give you a Quick and Easy way to send Your Missionary a Spiritual & Fun Care Package.  The Box Flap Designs & Printables have over 57 beautifully-coordinated pieces - available now on Etsy from the Missionary Box Moms.

This kit includes a 22-Page High-Quality PDF File Download for DIY printables.

★ For Ideas to help you put together the perfect Missionary Care Package, how you can use each Printable, to find links to print General Conference talks and other stories to include in your box - look below!

Wherever You Go - Whatever You Do - May Good Luck Always Be With You!!!

Lucky to Have You!  It's always so fun to see the pictures our Missionaries send home of them opening up their crazy boxes decorated in whatever the theme of box is.  Most of the boxes we mailed were 12X12X5 which meant the flap size was just under 12X6 so you can simply cut one piece of 12X12 scrapbook paper in half for each flap.  If your box is larger than 8.5X11 (Regular Paper Size) you will need to purchase 2 pieces of scrapbook paper to go behind (Back) your printables.   You can choose any 2 pieces of scrapbook paper that you wish - but for this box we used one piece of AC Cardstock 12X12 scrapbook paper in Cricket Green color from the American Crafts Company and 1 piece of purple scrapbook paper (both cut in half).  We then printed the MBM printables onto photo paper and attached it to our box with Glue Dots for durability.

We picked up the packing boxes for free from the US Post Office.  We chose to mail this size of box simply for economy - since all of our Missionaries were serving outside of the United States - it was just a few dollars more for us to send a Large Priority Box (12X12X5) vs. a Medium Priority Box.   

Leprechaun Letters!!!  One thing we always included in all of our Missionary Box Mom Boxes was a personalized letter to each Missionary from each Mother.  Inside our letters we included our testimonies, the reason we chose that particular item to include in the box, along with uplifting messages filled with love.  A lot of the items won't make much sense as to why you are including them in the box unless you explain how it specifically applies to your Missionary and to Missionary Work.  Many times over I have received thank you letters from our Missionaries - but the things they thanked us all for the most was the letters we included.  It’s just a little piece of ‘Home’ in a box!  So don’t forget to write!

Four Leaf Clovers:  As we decided on each ‘Missionary Box Theme’, which we based around a scripture or missionary teaching idea, we would then brainstorm fun ideas that could be included in our box.  It honestly might have been just as much fun for us to build these boxes as it was for them to receive them! 

Depending on the size of the box you are sending – you could include or delete any of the following items – or come up with a few of your own.  We tried to make sure that most of our items could be used to enhance missionary discussions, to be given away, to decorate their missionary apartments and left for future missionaries when they moved on, or simply eaten and enjoyed.  But of course there were always a few that were just for fun!

Lucky Scriptures:

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 

D&C 58:27 Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; 

D&C 58:28 For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.

Print Off the Following Talks & Stories:

Friend March 1982 Night of the Wolves by Charlotte H. Petersen
New Era June 1973 Missionary Metamorphosis by Nelson Butler
Friend March 1976 Clancy's Irish Griddle by Solveig Paulson Russell 
Friend March 1971 Irish Recipes
Friend March 1984 Kitchen Krafts: Irish Dinner by Julie Wardell 
Friend March 1983 The Seaweed Boy by Nanette Larsen
General Conference April 1998
Missionary Service by Earl C. Tingey Of the Presidency of the Seventy

DIY Marshmallow Shooters!

Sometimes even missionaries need to blow off some steam and have a little fun, and what's more fun than a homemade marshmallow shooter?!  Your missionary will love it! 

The best part, these are super cheap to make!  The PVC supplies should cost you around $2.50 for each shooter, when you add the cost of the marshmallows you have a fun gift that only costs about $3.50. They are simple to make too!  Plus, they don't weigh a lot or take up much room un-assembled - which makes for easy mailing!

Marshmallow Shooter Supplies :
(Purchase at any Hardware Store (Home Depot, Lowe's. etc.)

  • 1/2″ diameter PVC Pipe (at least 38″ long for one shooter)
  • (2) 1/2″ PVC caps (not the threaded type)
  • (2) 1/2 ” PVC elbow (not the threaded type)
  • (2) 1/2″ PVC tee (not the threaded type)
  • Small Hack Saw (to cut PVC pipe)
You will need to cut the PVC pipe into the following sizes:
(1) 13″ length
(5) 5″ length

Take all of the pieces of the PVC and include them in the box with a bag of mini marshmallows and instructions so the recipient will be able to construct their own shooter. 
Just add the printable 'DIY Marshmallow Shooter' tag to the supplies and the kids know how to do the rest! 

Pot O' Gold in A Jar!






Skittles candies come in many colors and flavors - plus they travel well when shipped - so they make the perfect bright Rainbow In A Jar treats!  Add in some chocolate coins or Rolos candies and Voila!  You are Golden!  You can choose what you want to put them in - whether it be a canning jar, a green draw-string pouch, plastic tube or sleeve.  All of them will turn out just splendid!

Pot O' Gold Box Item Ideas:
(You Can Find Lots of LUCKY Treasures At Your Local Dollar Tree Stores)

·       Irish Spring Bar Soap
·       Crest Complete Whitening Plus Herbal Mint Expressions Toothpaste
·       Listerine PocketPaks Fresh Burst Breathe Strips
·       Listerine PocketMist Breathe Spray
·       Speed Stick Antiperspirant Irish Spring Scent

·       Dove's Ultimate Clear Go Fresh Women's Antiperspirant (Green)
·       Green Drinking Glass w/lid or Green Water Bottle
·       Green Bead Tie - Elders (From the Dollar Tree Store)
*   Emerald Brand Natural Almonds
·       Fake Green Mustaches w/adhesive (Dollar Tree Store)
·       St. Patrick's Day Mini Hats (Dollar Tree Store)
·       Green Hair Bow - Sisters (From the Dollar Tree Store)
·       McCANN'S Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal
·       Malt-O Meal Maple & Brown Sugar
·       Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola Cereal (Apple Cinnamon Flavor has a Green Pkg.)
·       Jack Links Premium Cut Turkey Jerky (Green Package)
·       Jack Link's Turkey and Cheese Snack Sticks (Green Package)
·       Idahoan Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes Pouches
·       Peanut Butter
·       Planters Nuts (Green Packages)
·       Wasabi Macadamia Nuts
·       Power Bar Harvest Energy Bars (Green Package)
·       Nature Valley Crunchy Oats and Honey Granola Bars
·       Blue Diamond Almonds (Pouch or Can)
·       Cliff Bar Oatmeal Raisin Walnut
·       Girl Scouts Thin Mint Cookies
·       Caramel Apple Pops
·       Jolly Rancher Green Apple Jello Boxes
·       Fruitis Fruit Flavored Chews
·       Pistachios Roasted and Salted Nuts
·       Jolly Fruit Roll Leather (Green Apple)
·       Pringles Sour Cream & Onion Chips in a Can
·       Individual Lucky Charm Cereal Boxes
    Or Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats
·       LifeSavers Mints Wint O' Green
·       Chocolate Coins
·       Green Apple Sour Punch Straws
·       Junior Mints
·       Mike and Ike Original Fruits
·       Trolli Apple O's
·       Extra Spearmint Gum
·       Skittles (Use for Rainbow
in a Jar)
·       Blow Pops
·       Air Heads Xtremes Sour Straws (Use w/Rolos to make Over the Rainbow bags)
·       Rolos Candies
·       Rainbow Nerds
·       Wonka Chewy Spree Candies

Fun Irish Sayings:
  • Sound - Reliable
  • Aye - yes
  • Dead on - That’s good
  • Grand - Fine, Okay
  • Top 'O the Morning to You - Greeting
  • So it is – used at the end of many sentences
  • Scunnered - Ticked Off
  • Red Sauce - Ketchup
  • White Sauce - Who knows but they use it a lot
  • Brown Sauce - Gravy
  • Wee Dumpy Article  – A Homely Person
  • Wee Fizzy Mineral - Soda
  • Have a greedy gut - Eat too much/full
  • Egit - Silly Person
  • Putting the fool on them - Hitting on them
  • Rashers,Bangers - Sausage
  • Pissing - Raining
  • Booking - Puking
  • Champ - Mashed Potatoes
  • Airlocked - Drunk
  • Ya - You, Ye - Yous (and yes… they say “yous” regularly)
  • Class - Good
  • Good Craic - A good time
  • A Bad Egg - Bad person
  • Foothpath - Sidewalk
  • Moggy - Sad
  • Boggin, Mucky – Dirty
  • Shopping Trolley – Shopping cart
  • Dummy - Pacifier
  • Trainers - Running Shoes
  • The Boot - The trunk of the car
  • The Bonnet - The hood of a car
  • You're frying my head, You're wreckin' my head - Annoyed
  • Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, Sandwich short of a picnic - Dumb

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