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I have a special place in my heart for the military and their families, my husband is a veteran of the first Gulf War, my father in law is a retired Air Force officer and my brother and sister-in-law are both currently serving our country in the Army. In fact my brother is about to be deployed, I’m terrified, but also so very proud of my baby brother for the sacrifice he will be making for our country.
I have been a little emotional about all this lately, it is overwhelming to think of the sacrifice that thousands of soldiers and their families make for us every day. I wanted to be able to show my family’s appreciation to these brave men and women that sacrifice daily to protect our way of life. So I invited a few friends and their kids over to make thank you cards to deliver to the troops being deployed in my brother’s squad.
For this project I was able to team up with Nestle Coffee-mate. In honor of our military heroes, Nestle Coffee-mate is proud to partner with Operation Homefront. Coffee-mate’s contribution helps Operation Homefront provide a wide range of support for military families. For a limited time they have decorated their French vanilla and hazelnut flavored creamer in patriotic stars and stripes to honor our military and their families. These limited edition bottles will only be available at Wal-Mart through July 4th.
Onto the crafty portion of today’s post! A few weeks ago I was at my favorite place in the whole world, the fabric store, seriously I would live there if they would let me. I can spend hours just browsing, waiting for inspiration to strike. I lucked out in the paper aisle, since it was so close to Memorial Day, they had some beautiful, patriotic paper, I instantly knew that I wanted my kids and some of their friends to make cards with this gorgeous paper. I bought a bunch of the paper, some ribbon and some silver stars.
When I got home I printed out my definition of a hero on some weathered looking card stock cut it into 4 x 6 rectangles.
I cut the other paper into different size rectangles to create a frames with the different patterns. Next I glued the largest paper to a piece of cardstock, then glued the next size onto that
Then I glued the hero definition onto that, then I finished off with a ribbon and one of the stars and I was thrilled with the end result!
I knew this would be a hit at my party and the kids would love creating these beautiful cards to thanks our soon to be deployed troops for their service 🙂
After the kids created their cards, we all signed the back of them with thank you messages. I can’t wait to present them to my brother so he can give them to his squad, hopefully they will know how much we appreciate all they do for us!
When the kids were done creating and off playing, my mama friends and I were able to hang out and get our coffee on (much needed after an afternoon of kid crafting!) it was wonderful to be able to hang out with friends and talk about all our ties to the military. Some of us are Army brats that come from a long line of soldiers, others have brothers and sisters serving, and some of us are married to veterans. You could see the pride on their faces as they talked about the military heroes in their life. It was such a wonderful afternoon thanks to Coffee-Mate!