Chipotle Care Package

Image(Originally written 22 May)

Okay, well, I’m going to start fresh on packages. My first three were sent in a hurry, not photographed for posterity, and were mostly odds and ends of things like soap, odor neutralizers (for that pesky raw sewage), web gear pouch, and Starbucks Via. I did a Chinese takeout and a Movie theme box that was pretty cool (I mean, I think so, not that DH has actually laid eyes on it yet 21 days later). And there was the “guess the theme” box, which, between you and me was coconuts (curry coconut soup, coconut water, coconut cliff bars, coconut m&ms, sausalito cookies, coconut oil sunburn cream, etc).

Okay USPS+Army, I will wipe the slate clean with this new (and God willing final) address change. This will be a piece de resistance for my Coloradan who makes an annual pilgrimage to the original Chipotle in Denver. Just a note of awesomeness: the large flat rate boxes from USPS are 12″x12″, as are scrapbook paper pages. I bought a clearance package of 50 totally random sheets, which happened to have a holiday theme (candy corn paper, yes thank you!), and when folded in half, with a touch of rubber cement each sheet will cover one side-plus-inside-flap area, and I cover the bottom of the box with the week’s comic section from the Sunday paper. Another note of awesomeness: aluminum foil is also 12″, and therefore perfect for a Chipotle theme box. Special thanks to the ladies at Chipotle who gave me a few extra sheets of their logo parchment paper to pack the box with, and of course some napkins.

Normally I hate processed foods and so couponing isn’t very fun because it’s a real challenge to get a kick ass deal on healthy food. Now that shelf-stable highly processed foods are pretty much the most reliable food to survive the trip overseas, I’m in coupon heaven. Many of these items were either doubled coupons plus sale or buy one get one free at Publix. The contents are chipotle Tobasco sauce, an Old El Paso burrito kit, refried beans, and tortilla stuffers (those things have chunks of meat!), individual Chi-Chi’s salsa packs, Doritos, chicken and quinoa poblano soup, Slim Jims Dare pepper jerkey, Frontera tomatillo enchilada sauce, hickory tuna, hot tamales, and key lime chocolate coconut squares, Crystal Light margarita (with Margaritaville pvc-free cup for shaking). And sunscreen, yum. Banana Boat=Banana=Plantain=Platanos Fritos=Mexican, I win. Okay back to business. Well, I guess I’m pretty much done for now. Box decorating tips soon!


If I’ve inspired you to send a box o’ love of your own, the USPS will send you a kit for FREE, and there is a discount on large priority mail boxes to APO addresses (score). Request your FREE Military Care package kit by calling 1-800-610-8734. Select your language (1 is English, 2 is Spanish). Select option 1 (it states it is for Express Mail®, Priority Mail or Global Express Guaranteed® products). When you reach a live agent, request CAREKIT04, the “Military Kit.”  Allow 7-10 days for delivery. You can request up to 4 kits.


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