Chocolate Bar Destiny Themed Valentines

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Destiny Valentines TutorialMy oldest son wanted to have Destiny themed Valentines this year (second year in a row) but specifically wanted to include the Oryx character.

As Valentines Day is seriously overrated for boys in 4th grade in my opinion, I told him “sure” and we went to work.

We found the two photos used for this candy bar wrap here:

Liveblog: Destiny’s ‘The Taken King’ Court of Oryx Reveal Stream

and the Destiny logo can be found here.

Destiny Valentines PhotoI used excel as the program of choice to add words and print out the photos.  I was able to fit two sets of candy bar wrappers on one page, and I had to print with ‘narrow margins’ to get the photos the largest size possible.

Here you can see the two sets of candy wrappers printed on one page. My son is cutting them out.

Here you can see the two sets of candy wrappers printed on one page. My son is cutting them out.



The photo was also extremely dark, so I had to use a really good printer to get the prints to come out correctly, and I would also recommend changing the color of the words, as the color really blended into the photo, which was the look my son was going for.

I haven’t been successful with attaching pdf files to this blog, but here it is if you want to download it and print it on your own.  The only thing I ask is that if you mention it on social media or another blog, please give me credit by linking it back to here. =)

Oryx Valentines-Final

My son is using my Fiskars Trimmer to cut the white card stock paper I printed the candy wrappers on, and used Scotch Scrapbooker’s Glue because I couldn’t put my hands on a glue stick quickly.  Believe me, I would rather him use a simple glue stick, but I had to go to the store to buy more after taking these photos!

Have your child write the name on the candy wrapper Valentine prior to bending and gluing it together.

Have your child write the name on the candy wrapper Valentine prior to bending and gluing it together.

Fold the candy wrapper at the white lines prior to gluing it around the candy bar.

Fold the candy wrapper at the white lines prior to gluing it around the candy bar.

Wrap the folded candy wrapper around the candy bar of choice prior to gluing it together. We find that it keeps the wrapper on the bar longer-to make it to the Valentine's party.

Wrap the folded candy wrapper around the candy bar of choice prior to gluing it together. We find that it keeps the wrapper on the bar longer-to make it to the Valentine’s party.

I think the best thing about this Valentine is that my son is happy with it.  Many times I think I ‘force’ him to do things for class, and this type of Valentine is EXACTLY what he wanted, so he’s really not complaining about “having to do something” he doesn’t really want to do.  All the boys and girls get exactly the same thing, and yet no body has any hurt feelings that he or she doesn’t get something cool.

I hope this post helps someone!  Have a great Valentine’s week coming up and may you be blessed this week!

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2015 Year in Review

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2015 Year In ReviewThis year has brought it’s ups, downs, and everything in between.

Much like a Facebook and their version of a “Year in Review” I tried really hard to post photos and memories of my life in this blog.  It ended up being like one of those generated memes of expectation vs. reality….

My Recap:

Blog Wise ~

I posted seventeen (17) blog posts.

I began (drafted) four (4) blog posts that didn’t get published.

I posted seven (7) Instructables this year.  You can also see these on my Instructables tab.  They are shown from the most recent published.

Family Wise ~

My mother passed away in January.

My father successfully recovered from his open heart surgery in 2014 and was able to take care of his grandchildren once again in late February of this year.

My mother-in-law went through her cancer treatments and beat cancer.

My children began swim lessons this year and my oldest ~almost~ passed the highest level (Level 10.)

We went to Hawaii as a family this year.

Our youngest had the last adorable season of youth-soccer, where they don’t keep score and we’re just out there for fun. <Sigh.>

Kids playing soccer just for fun....

Intellectually ~

I read a total of eleven (11) books this year!  Three of them were non-fiction.  My goal was twelve, and I really wanted to count the Rainbow Magic Fashion Fairies that I completed with my daughter, but I didn’t.

Five books completed from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

The Horse and His Boy

Prince Caspian

The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’

The Silver Chair

and “The Last Battle

With my oldest I read a fun book called “The Year of Billy Miller” by Kevin Henkes.

We completed “The Hobbit” by J.R.R Tolkien this year, and we started on the Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring in the beginning of December.

As a family, we read “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl.  That book is VERY DIFFERENT from the movie.

I personally finished the book by Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze called “Smart Money Smart Kids“.

My trainer gave me a book that I enjoyed reading (a health book!) by Dr. Kelly Starrett called “Ready to Run: Unlocking Your Potential to Run Naturally.”

Lastly, I read a book with fellow believers from our church.  That book was “Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint” by Nadia Bolz-Weber.  It was…interesting and overall, a good read but it’s not for the new Christian in my humble opinion.

Health Wise/Physically ~

The biggest thing that happened this year was that I was able to lose 31 pounds in seven months.  I’ve gained about four of those pounds back, but I’m on the way to getting those holiday pounds off by continuing to run.

I’ve managed to avoid taking cholesterol medication that the doctor was going to prescribe me.

I’m also grateful that I’m completely recovered from my knee surgery back in August 2014.  The left knee though….  We’ll just have to see what happens next year.

And Career Wise ~

This is where the “adulting” part of life gets tricky.

I am so grateful for the job I have.  It pays well, I get to leave everything at the office and not take work home with me, and I have great co-workers.

The upper management people are …

well, they are …

hard to deal with to say the least.

As this is a public blog, I will put it like this: follow me on Instagram, and you can get an idea of my life on a daily basis.  I used the hashtag #DsLastProject and there’s 19 photos that will show you how much I loved the job I used to have.

As of January 11, 2016, that will be changing permanently and I will be permanently assigned to a desk job in the Special Projects Section of Design.

A government worker at her finest.


~ In Summary ~

  • The first part of the year sucked.
  • My mom went to be with the Lord and the best way to describe how I feel is by repeating what someone told me: Grief comes like a thief.  It steals your joy when you least expect it, despite how well you seem to be doing.
  • No truer words have been spoken to me about my mom’s passing.  I am grateful of everything she taught me, and I know where she is but boy does it suck sometimes not having her around.
  • In April 2015 I made the decision to follow whatever my personal trainer told me to do.  My number one goal was to lose as much weight as I could before I went to Hawaii.  I did it.  I think I lost about 25-pounds before we left in August and when we came back, I began running to hit my next year’s goal – running and completing a half-marathon race.
  • We went to Hawaii in August 2015.  What a place.  We will be going back.
  • Children’s birthday’s and the year-end holiday’s have gone off without a hitch.  (Knocking on wood and praising the Lord right now!)
  • My husband and I have written goals down for the upcoming year, and I have lofty goals for 2016.

I say bring it.

I hope you bring it too.

As always, thanks for reading.

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Making our 1st Stop Motion Movie

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Builder-TitleThere’s a thing about kids that when you don’t have them, you don’t understand that people do.

You will do almost anything for them.


Don’t get me wrong – as parents of hopefully productive members of society, there are limits to what you will do, but when your child asks you to make a stop motion film, you have the technology, and are savvy enough to try to figure it out even if you forget to save and end up doing the same thing three (3) times –

you try and do it with them.

The coolest part of this film is that my oldest took every-single-photo.  There are fifty-one photos.


It’s only 24-seconds long and has sound-effects we found together on this site.

I don’t recommend using the camera we purchased for him as a present two years ago, as we have not had great luck with the close-up shot focusing, as shown in the movie.  (But that will be changing soon.)  Side note: that camera is very cool.  It takes underwater photos and film.  Just not good on the close-up shots.

We also used a program called Roxio.  I’ve used it before so I was comfortable “enough” to help him.

I am one proud mommy.  Check his little movie out and feel free to leave him sweet comments. 😉