Monday, August 8, 2016

Sunshine Box

Sending a little 'Box of Sunshine' is always a BRIGHT Idea to send to your Missionary and very easy           to do!
You can fill it with a variety of Yellow, Orange, or Gold items - really anything that you think would 'BRIGHTEN' their day!

We LOVE Missionaries and we LOVE sending Care Packages!  

It is always fun to send our Kiddos a Care Package - but it is Super fun to send a

Box Full of Sunshine!  

★ If you would like to send your own 'Box of Sunshine' to your Missionary - check out this kit we put together to help you do just that!

This Missionary 'Box of Sunshine' 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 64 beautifully-coordinated pieces - available now on Etsy from the Missionary Box Moms.

This kit includes a 18-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! 

Always Radiate Sunshine!!! 

Sunshine in Your Soul Today!!!I  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 the box is.  

Most of the boxes we mailed were 12X12X8 (Priority Mailing Box - Free from the US Post Office) 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.  For the ‘Sunshine’ box we used one piece of Sugar Coated Chevron Cardstock from the Doodlebug Design Company in Bumblebee color and one in Tangerine color – both cut in half then trimmed to fit the box.  We then printed off the MBM Printables onto photo paper, cut them out and attached with glue dots for durability.

We planned in advance to have both the Moms and Dads wear Yellow or Orange so that we could take a picture of us to include in with their Box of Sunshine!!!  Do you think our Missionaries even realized that? 

You've Got Mail!  One thing we have 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.  For this box we weren't as structured about what we all chose to bring - it was more of a free for all with everything being orange or yellow - so you could just have a lot of fun with this box and included anything 'Sunny'!  Many times over we all have received thank you letters from our Missionaries - but the thing they thanked us all for the most was the letters that we included.  It's just a little piece of 'Home' in a box!  So don't forget to write!

Print Off The Following Conference Talks and Stories:
You can use these throughout your box as desired.
Ensign October 2008: Scatter Sunshine

New Era February 2014: 28 Ways to Spread Sunshine by Rachel Nielsen Church News: Missionaries Act as “Swift Messengers” to Scattered Israel Says Elder Russell M. Nelson Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

General Conference April 1998: Understanding Our True Identity by Carol B. Thomas

Preparing for Exaltation Teacher's Manual Lesson 31: Your Attitude Makes a Difference

New Era January 2016: Walking the Lonely Road to Church by Sydney L. Spackman

Ensign May 2009: Adversity by President Henry B. Eyring  

Ensign November 2014: Living the Gospel Joyful by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Ensign May 2014: Let Your Faith Show by Elder Russell M. Nelson Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Ensign August 2014: Becoming Children of Light by Elder Craig C. Christensen Of the Presidency of the Seventy

  D&C 50:24
That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.  

 Sunshine Box Quote Ideas:

Let the ‘Son’ shine through your heart.
Radiant: Glowing Brightly.
Here comes the Sun!
The glorious lamp of heaven, the radiant sun, is nature’s eyes.
This little light of mine ~ I’m gonna let it shine.
The futures so bright I gotta wear shades!
Kissed by the sun!
Give me sunshine on my shoulders!
Just let the sun in.
You amaze me!

When we have hope, faith, and a positive perspective, we can do or become anything we want to.  We can have happiness and joy in our futures because of our faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ.  It doesn't matter how hard our trials and challenges are; all that matters is that we trust in Him, in His Atonement, and in the power it can have in our lives.

Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have. 

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.  With this 'Box' we definitely went a little bit crazy with our 'Yellow & Orange' ideas and I'm sure it was just as much fun for us to build it as it was for our missionaries to receive it! 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!

The MBM 'Sunshine' kit includes 64 tags and quotes that can coordinate with ANY items you choose to include in your Sunshine box. 

If you know you will be sending your Missionary a few boxes in the coming months – pick out your ‘Themes’ ahead of time and shop for more than one box at a time. You will be so surprised at what you can find on clearance as you make your way thru your regular shopping chores. Don’t forget to check out your local Dollar Store, Farm Store, Thrift Store, and One of a Kind Stores – they can be your biggest treasure troves!  Some of our box items were found in the oddest most unlikely places - and they really made us giggle!  Also, remember to pick up at least a few items in double for your missionary's companion! They need Momma love too!

Sunshine Box Shopping Ideas


  • Sunny Delight Drink
  • Yellow Tie (Elders)
  • Sunny Seeds (Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds in Bright Colors) 
  • Yellow Peanut M&M's bag
  • Burt's Bees Chapstick
  • Yellow or Orange fingernail polish (Sisters)
  • J.R. Watkins Handcream (Yellow Tube)
  • Yellow or Orange Scarf (Sisters)
  • Yellow Frisbee (P-Day Fun)
  • Frito's Corn Chips
  • Cheddar Cheese Pringles
  • Cheetos
  • Dots Candies 
  • Lemon Heads Candies
  • Gummy Orange Slices
  • Stride Gum or Juicy Fruit Gum
  • Butterfingers Candy
  • Butterscotch Candies 
  • Orange flavored Tic Tac mints
  • Quaker Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip granola bars
  • Starburst candies
  • Starbust candles
  • Ice Breakers Ice Cube Gum 
  • Cozy Yellow Socks
  • Yellow Balloons
  • Be Happy & Smile Socks  (Amazon)
  • Orange Crush soda
  • Lemon-aid soda
  • Mandarin Orange Slice soda
  •  Cookies (Lemon, Golden Oreo Cookies, Nutter Butters, Nilla Wafers, Nonni's Biscotti, Walker's Shortbread.
  • Apricot or Peach Fruit Leather
  • Reese's Pieces Candy (Remove the brown candy and put the orange ones in a small container. 
  • Almonds
  • Crackers (Goldfish, Wheat Thins, Triscuits)
  • Skittles Candies 
  • Chocolate covered orange sticks
  • Punching balloons (Dollar Tree Store) They are yellow.
  • Yellow washcloth wrapped around a new toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Fortune Cookies (Always believe that something Wonderful is about to happen!) 
  • Abba Zabba Candy
  • Yellow Bubble Necklace & Earrings (Sisters) 
  • Star Post-It notes
  • Yellow Notepad & Pen
  • Highlighter Marker in Yellow
  • Solar Flower (Dollar Tree Store)
  • Orange or Yellow Mini Photo Album (We included pictures of our 'Moms' wearing our yellow/orange outfits inside) (Walmart)
  •  Bright yellow Tennis Ball to use as a stress reliever ball
  • Yellow Silly String
  • Plastic Photo Frame in Yellow or Orange to frame a thought (Dollar Tree Store) 
  • Crazy Sunglasses (The Futures So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades!)(Dollar Tree Store)  
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Yellow Gum Balls
  • Banana flavored Laffy Taffy
  • Banana flavored Now & Later Candies
  • Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread Mix 
  • Crystal Light energy drink
  • Gatorade Drink Mix
  • Yellow Bath Sponge (Dollar Tree Store) 
  • Revlon Nail Art Sun Candy Polish (Sisters) 

Most of the Missionary Box Mom Printables available with this kit could be attached to whatever you decide to include in your Sunshine Box.  Ideas Below include Journal and Notepads, Lemonade Drink Packets, Body Wash, Chocolates, Burt's Bees Items, etc.

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