Living It – Week Six

Comfort Blanket – Tip #66

Sometimes I think that I could really do with a comforting blanket after a long day of work, kids, dog, housework and all the things in between!  Having said this, I did follow up own advice and this has been something that my kids have used, loved and found to be a great source of comfort.  Their blankets were a gift – a friend of their Grandma did one for each of my kids when their Dad was deployed to Afghanistan.   They LOVED these blankets.  My daughter used to say she was going to bed to talk to Dad!  Fabulous pictures of him with them were all over it and on the other side it was soft and just the right type of material to snuggle up to.  Those blankets wore and washed well and they went with us everywhere.  It has only been in the last year that the pictures have faded.  My son said that it meant a little part of their Dad was always with them.   He still has his on his bed (although he would not want me to be telling people that!) and now that his Dad is away so much I think it is something that he associates with feel safe and comfortable.

Ethan's deployment blanket

Ethan’s deployment blanket

I was lucky enough to have someone who could have these made for me but if you aren’t…  I have researched a few options for you.

Shutterfly has an online service that you can simply send in your photos and they will send you the blanket: http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-gifts/fleece-photo-blankets

Walmart has on line and in store service and they are cheaper but some families have reported to me that they don’t wash well.  Having said this, the price is probably the most competitive: http://photos.walmart.com/walmart/storepage/storePageId=Blankets

Snap fish is very user friendly and the blankets look fabulous.  They even have a military one: http://www.snapfish.com/snapfish/photo-gifts/personalized-photo-blankets

 

For more information about our tips, resources or books go to: www.whileyouwereaway.org

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