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Blessings for Life was founded in 2000, after the birth of our 4th child. In 2001, we began another amazing journey at Better Budgeting, helping families around the world, of all faiths, save money and live a better life. 

In 2006, my mother was set to take over as editor for Blessings for Life to help with my crazy schedule. God had other plans. Within just a few short months she got a promotion.

No more tears, no more suffering. 

We could not have done this without her help and endless encouragement. And, we must carry on.

Never Give Up...

God Always Has a Plan!



How To Ship Cookies So They Will Arrive Fresh and Undamaged
Copyright 2001 by Michelle Jones

For many years, I baked cookies for Christmas presents and Birthday presents too. Mainly out of a financial necessity, but also because I love to bake cookies, and I love to give them as gifts. (I also like to receive them as gifts - hint, hint) So due to my experience, I consider myself somewhat of a cookie-shipping expert! Though since the birth of my 4th child last year, not even one batch of cookies has left the building. I think after so many years of sending cookies, even as well received as they were, I'm just taking a cookie baking, and giving, break.

However, since I have the know how to ship them safely, and they are one of the items on my list of 63 Gifts for Under $10, I thought I would pass these tips on to anyone thinking about sending this gift idea. And of course, the first thing you have to do is pick out your cookie recipe and start baking!

Once you have decided which cookie to bake, try to time the baking and shipping as close together as possible, preferably the same day or within 24 hours.

Let the cookies cool to room temperature. If you are not ready to ship them today, place the cookies into an airtight container until you are.

Next, wrap the cookies with cellophane. Foil would work too, but cellophane is nicer because you can still see the cookies. You can wrap the cookies individually, but wrapping them two at a time, back to back, will keep them more secure during shipment. Besides, who eats just one cookie? When they arrive at your destination, everyone will be more than happy to retrieve a double package of cookies from the container. While wrapping the cookies in cellophane, make sure to place a layer of it between the cookies as well. This will keep them from sticking together. Just cut a piece of cellophane wrap that is larger than both cookies laying side by side. Then lay one cookie, bottom side down at the top of the wrap. Next, fold the top of the wrap towards you, covering and turning the cookie upside down; the way you would fold a letter for a legal sized envelope. Now you can place another cookie, bottom side down, on top of the first covered cookie. Continue to wrap making sure they are sealed tight.

After wrapping your cookies securely, make sure you have an airtight container to ship them in. You can purchase inexpensive shipping boxes at discount stores or even the post office. You can recycle your own small boxes too, as long as they are in good shape. However, I prefer using new boxes when shipping cookies, it just makes the gift nicer. You can use decorated tins or plastic containers if you'd like, or you can just place the wrapped cookies right in the box.

Before placing the cookies, or your decorated tin, in the box, be sure to fill it with packing material such as leftover shipping peanuts, bubble wrap, crushed up newspapers, or my favorite; plastic grocery bags. For goodness sakes, don't buy any new packing material; just recycle what you already have.

Be sure to enclose a personal note or card inside the box, if this is a Christmas or Birthday gift, enclosing the card will also save you an extra postage stamp. Seal the box airtight with packing tape, I use the clear tape, but any will do fine. Last but not least, mark the words "FRAGILE" all over the box. Not that this will help, but it's worth the try.

If you have followed these steps in packaging your cookies, it doesn't matter what the post office does to your box, your cookies will still arrive fresh and undamaged. Well, unless they lose it! But so far, I've never had that happen to me, and I hope it will never happen to you either.


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