Long Distance Love Mother’s Day Care Package + DIY Photo Brag Book

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There’s something about becoming a mother yourself that gives you a whole new perspective on, well, being a mom!

 Mother’s Day is right around the corner and, although I’ve always loved showering my own mother with flowers and candy hearts on Mother’s Day, this year I wanted to do something extra special to celebrate all the mamas in my life.  Like most other military families, we live fairly far away from both my and Zach’s mothers so I thought sending them each a care package filled with goodies would be just the thing to make us feel even more connected!

With that idea in mind, Zach, Baby E, and I headed to our local AAFES Store here on post to find the perfect items to put in our care package. Of course, we had to get a few Mother’s Day cards too and I was really impressed with the selection by American Greetings–so many different designs for celebrating all the special moms in your life (sisters, grandmas, friends). I chose two for my mom and mother-in-law and decided to grab an extra one for a sweet mom friend who is currently deployed. Bonus? When you buy 3 cards, you can save $2 (4/17 – 5/14)–just look for the coupon on the display and check out all their card options here.

I had tons of fun putting these care packages together and I know their recipients will love them.


For one “Long Distance Love” Care Package

  • 1 medium-sized priority box
  • Mother’s Day Care Package Kit (available for download at the end of this post)
  • 1 or 2 books you know your mom will enjoy
    (I included a children’s book I know my mom will love reading to Baby E via video chat)
  • a cup or mug celebrating her status as the best mom ever
  • a small gift item that will remind your mom of her faraway family
    (I chose a necklace but framed photos or a small knick-knack she can put on her bedside table would be great choices too)
  • small stuffed animal
    (this might seem like a silly thing to put in an adult’s care package but it’s such a fun tradition to start if you have younger kids. Choose a stuffed animal to send and have your mom take photos of her and the stuffed animal doing everyday things. Then after a few weeks or months, have mom compile all the photos into an album and send the album + the toy back to the kiddos.)
  • DIY Photo Brag Book made with an American Greetings card (instructions below)

For one DIY Photo Brag Book

  • a trifold American Greetings Mother’s Day card (found in the card aisle at your local AAFES store)
  • 2 pieces of white or coordinating cardstock
  • photo-safe glue (I used a glue stick but I think it would work better with glue runner)
  • scissors or paper trimmer
  • baker’s twine or ribbon
  • 4 four-by-six photos of your family

How to put your Photo Brag Book together:

STEP ONE: Carefully detach the two top layers of your trifold card by slipping a finger into the space between the front panels and gently working your way to the edge. It doesn’t matter too much if some of the paper detaches during the process but you do want to keep the card as in tact as possible.

STEP TWO: Lay out your card and measure the width and height of each panel. Use these measurements to cut 4 matching sections from the cardstock.

STEP THREE: Adhere the cardstock to the inside panels of the greeting card as shown below. Use glue (or photo corners if you’d like a more professional look) to attach your photos to the four open sides of your brag book.

STEP FOUR: Refold your brag book so the front panel of your greeting card is now the right flap of your brag book. Use string or ribbon to tie a bow around your completed brag book, wrap it in tissue paper, and add to your care package.

Download Photo Brag Book Tutorial
Download Mother’s Day Care Package Kit (Grandma Version)
Download Mother’s Day Care Package Kit (Mom Version)

It’s Your Turn!

What are you doing for the special moms in your life this Mother’s Day? Find more Mother’s Day inspiration & card options here.

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