Love in a Box – February 2019

valentines-day-sayingsNot only is love in the air, but there is “Love in a Box!” February’s LOVE package theme just has to be Valentine’s Day.  I know my daughter and grandson LOVE getting their once a month LOVE package, and Grandma and Grandpa LOVE putting special items together to send to them.

These chocolate loaded valentine boxes were designed on my Silhouette.  The heart box is Silhouette design #119165, and the love and kisses phrase is Silhouette design #241315.
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The Heart Petal Box is Silhouette design #74679. I filled it with little bags of  heart candy.

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God’s Conversation Hearts is something that I usually include each year.
One for our grandson & one for his mom.

I designed this tag on my Silhouette Cameo, design #80873.  He started fishing this summer, and grandpa was happy to pass along some fishing gear.

Some white chocolate M & M’s for a most marvelous Valentine’s Day

Yes, we are seriously nuts about him!   He loves pistashios!
And as always, a themed TicTac Holder.  Heart die cut is from Stampin Up.



A few more snacks and goodies…Seed Bars from Trader Joes and some Mac and Cheese.  Who doesn’t like Russell Strovers Marshmallow Hearts!


 Some Valentine pencils and Call to Glory Devotionals

Valentine Card for our grandson made from free die cut download
from Bird Cards  with a bit of heart-shaped spending cash.

A Valentine card for our daughter made in a Stampin Up class, and
something she is always requesting “scrubbies.”  I couldn’t seem to make
the round ones to well, either too small or too big, so I made these from a
heart shaped crochet design.  Didn’t turn out to badly.  Had to make a
couple for my hubby who really likes these alot! He’s the dishwasher.
I tucked a bit of coffee money in her card.

Our grandson sent another pic of him and his swim team friend to put into his newly made Paper Bag Photo Album I sent to him last month.  I put double stick tape on the back of the pic and label making it easy for him to put in his book.


They truly are,
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Love In A Box – January 2019 – Theme: Time

The idea for this “Love in a Box” theme came from the Scripture verse, Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”    In September of 2018, the ladies of our church attended a conference entitled “Times and Seasons.”  As I reflect on that, I am reminded of God’s purpose for every process and His reason for every season of life.  Time is precious so my desire was to share with my grandson and his mom via this “Love in a Box” how very precious they are to my husband and I, and how very valued are the times spent with them.

Paper Bag Photo Album
 I saw this video series quite some time ago and anticipated on making this album in the near future…January being the perfect time.    You can find instructions here:  My Sisters Scrapper – There is a series of tutorials on making the photo album.

Pics above are the front cover, spine, and back cover.  It took me well over a month to put this together.  Our grandson’s life from birth to present day.  It truly was a labor of love, and my husband and I loved reminiscing through all those photos!  The complete 6 page photo book can be seen on my pinterest page: under “Love in a Box” board, section January 2019.

Pay Day Money Roll

This money roll gift bag is a Silhouette Cameo Lori Whitlock design #237958.
I think he really liked this!

Sports Watch

Easel sticky note and message board

I designed this 3D easel sticky note and message board in camouflage to match his military themed bedroom. I found some camo pencils at the dollar store. “Live Ever Moment” saying is Silhouette design #187315, and calendar design #276086. I made a little pocket on the back to hold the monthly calendars.

New Years Card in s Box

Updated Silhouette design #239380 with this year’s date and added a pocket on the back for a stash of cash.

Tic Tac Box

Designed on the Silhouette with New Year design #279679 and retro New Years paper design #72337. Every love package has a themed Tic tac Box.

Watches and Sliding Money Holder Box

These watches were given to our daughter from our friend Freida! How thoughtful of her and how perfect for this love package. The money holder box is Silhouette design #45296.



Call to Glory monthly devotionals for Adults and Children.

Our grandson and daughter truly loved the Paper Bag Photo Album and had lots of new ideas for more pages. I guess grandma will be busy putting together Photo album #2.

It is so enjoyable putting these love packages together each month. It’s therapy for me!


Menu Plan Monday – January 28, 2019

Well, it has been a while since I have posted my meal planning menus.  I have been enduring a few painful weeks with arthritic joints and lupus flare.  Thankfully I am feeling a bit better and pain seems to be somewhat under control.  So, here I am, back at it, and I am sure my husband is happy for that!  I am so thankful for his patience and helpfulness during the past few weeks.

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Scalloped Potatoes & Ham
Tossed Salad


      Tuna Noodle Casserole
Parmesan Baked Tomatoes

BBQ Burger, Cheesy Potatoes
Bonnie’s BBQ Burgers
Crockpot Hash Brown Casserole
Cottage Cheese
GF Mixed Berry Crumble

Creamed chipped beef
Creamed Chipped Beef over GF Bread
Harvard Beets

Doctor Appointment – Eat Out

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
GF Dressing
Butternut Squash

Left over Turkey Dinner

Have a Yummy Week,
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