Weekly Obsessions

Weekly Obsessions VII

Happy Friday! I’m happy to report that our cars are unstuck from the parking lot. I know that you were all waiting on the edge of your seats for that one πŸ˜‰ I have a few things on the agenda for this weekend but I plan to have lots of down time to relax as well. For whatever reason, I woke up exhausted this morning. Considering the clocks spring ahead an hour this weekend, I hope to get back to my normal self. Have a great day!

Free Military Care Packages

Crown Royal Military Care Package

When I was on Facebook earlier this week, someone posted a link for sending a free bag to deployed service members. It seemed too good to be true but I clicked on the it anyways. Crown Royal is partnering with Packages From Home to send free bags to those overseas. You can follow the link and select four items to put in your care bag. The items are some of the most requested by service members overseas. Then add a personal message to be sent with it and viola! You can brighten up a service members day. I absolutely love this and hope you’ll take a few minutes to send a package to those protecting our freedom.

I did a little research on Packages From Home and love the organization! It’s a non profit started by a woman named Kathleen Lewis. She started sending care packages to her son who was deployed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He wrote back that the packages reminded him that someone was thinking about him while away but a lot of the people he knew weren’t getting anything. His mom had her friends “adopt” his troop to send packages and it has grown from there. Here is an excerpt form the website so you can learn a bit more: “The mission of Packages From Home is to send care and comfort packages to deployed American military heroes who are stationed in active duty theaters around the world, as well as to facilitate activities that elevate morale of all veterans.”

Raspberry Lemonade Drink Mix


I am constantly sipping on water. It’s rare that you’ll see me without my water bottle. Sometimes plain water gets boring though. This past week, I found these raspberry lemonade drink mixes tucked back in the cabinet. I pulled it out and have been enjoying it this week. I like it after dinner for a little something extra to sip on before bed. This brand is just the local grocery store brand but this one from Target looks like it will be making it’s way into my cart next time I’m there.

The Rambling Runner Podcast


Podcasts are something that I love to listen to. On Instagram, I have been seeing a lot of people I follow talk about The Rambling Runner podcast. I decided to download Elizabeth Jansen‘s episode to try it out. Elizabeth started running when her brother was unexpected killed in a rockslide. She’s currently trying to become a Boston Marathon qualifier and working towards a sub-3 hour marathon.

If her story doesn’t seem like something you would enjoy, I’m sure there is someone that Matt Chittim has interviewed that you would like to learn more about. He asks a bunch of questions to his guests and it’s really interesting to hear their answers. If you like running or just hearing how people work towards a goal then I highly recommend checking out this podcast.

No Power


This might seem like a weird thing to love but hear me out. Yes it was a pain to not be able to see anything as it got dark or to have heat for 7 hours when it was below freezing. It was fun though. For a while it was Alex and I just hanging out and talking with no distractions. Then one of our neighbors asked if we all wanted to play Cards Against Humanity which seemed like a nice way to spend an hour. Now I don’t want to lose power again because we honestly didn’t know how long it would be out (some New Jersey residents are still without power) but it was a forced disconnect that I think every can use every once in a while. Plus we ended up moving our mattress to in front of the fire we had going in order to have heat while we slept. If we had power that would not have happened and it was fun! A different way to spend the night but so enjoyable.

Question of the day: What’s one thing you’ve been obsessing with this week?

14 thoughts on “Weekly Obsessions VII”

  1. Love the military care packages! I saw that a few months ago on fb as well!
    I can’t believe you love not having power! I mean I can kind of see your point, but no heat would drive me crazy! We lost power for 16 hours last weekend and I was not a fan at all!


    1. I’m so glad I managed to stumble across it! I love what Crown Royal and Packages From Home are doing.
      The only reason the no heat wasn’t an issue is because Alex had started a fire about an hour before we lost it! It was total and complete luck but we kept saying we were so grateful he started one!! Also it helped that for part of the time it was off we were sleeping.


  2. I’m off to check on the military care packages. Blake was a pen pal with a marine when he was younger and it meant so much to both of them. We are still in contact, but not as frequently now that he is out of the military.
    I understand your point about losing power, but I’m not sure I’d want to do it in sub freezing temps


    1. I love that you guys are still in contact with the marine! That is such a special thing. The fire was our saving grace. If we didn’t have that going, we probably would’ve talked about going to Alex’s brothers house for the night.


    1. Yay Emily! I’m really happy to hear the care packages are up your alley. It’s free and really quick so why not brighten up someone’s day. The game definitely brought us all some laughs. Have a great day πŸ™‚


  3. Glad you can see the good in power outages. I still remember an all day power outage from when I was a kid- the games my brothers and I played that day are still highlights:)
    I’ve been living my fan this week as it’s let me breathe:)


  4. I love listening to podcasts when I run- I’ll need to check that one out! I agree there is something to be said for disconnecting for a bit. I was still using my phone when we lost power to check for updates on when it would be back on!


    1. I hope you like it Lisa! We would check for updates but figured it’s not worth wasting the battery on anything else. Thank goodness data exists for these situations so you can be updated.


    1. I completely agree! I feel like they can be forgotten in a sense when it’s not close to Memorial Day/July 4th/Veterans Day/etc. so I’m very happy to have stumbled upon it. Thanks Jessica! Have a great day πŸ™‚


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